Fiber Optics

Google to invest $1 billion in Hawaiʻi's subsea internet infrastructure with new fiber-optic cables

Lieutenant Governor Sylvia Luke, leader of Connect Kākou, Hawaiʻi’s high-speed internet initiative, and Benji Robinson, Asia Pacific director for Google, unveiled plans for the construction of a $1 billion project to create new fiber-optic internet subsea cables.

HyperFiber launches fiber-optic internet service in Port Charlotte, Fla.

HyperFiber, an independent fiber internet provider, has launched its gigabit-speed services in Port Charlotte, Florida, offering reliable connectivity to over 31,000 homes in the area.

Lowndes County, Ga., to bring fiber internet to 16,000 locations with $39 million public private partnership

Construction has already started and is expected to provide multi-gig internet speeds to eligible homes and businesses across the counties. This project will be critical in providing high-speed internet to underserved and unserved residents in the counties.

Meridiam breaks ground on “historic” fiber optic infrastructure investment in Memphis, Tenn.

Blue Suede Networks, a Memphis-based fiber-to-the-premises network developer owned and financed by Meridiam, is contracted to develop, build, finance, and manage a high-speed fiber-optic network that will pass at least 85% of business and residential premises throughout the city.

T-Mobile to invest $950 million in fiber optic joint venture with EQT to acquire Lumos

The next capital contribution by T-Mobile out of an additional commitment of approximately $500 million is anticipated between 2027 and 2028. These combined investments are expected to allow Lumos to reach 3.5 million homes by the end of 2028.

Editor’s Log: And the smiles never stopped

In late March, UI wrapped another successful Underground Infrastructure Conference. Per usual, a wealth of information and market intelligence was gathered from remarkable speakers and experts in a variety of fields including sewer installation and rehabilitation, fiber optics, power, horizontal directional drilling, and safety.

Zayo Group upgrades critical fiber broadband infrastructure across the country

Zayo Group announced its latest round of critical infrastructure upgrades, including its newest long-haul dark fiber route connecting Columbus to Pittsburgh and a highly sought-after 400G-enabled wavelength route connecting Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

Frontier to expand fiber broadband network to rural Illinois with $25 million grant

Frontier, the largest pure-play fiber provider in the U.S, received $24.7 million in grant funding to expand high-speed fiber broadband service to homes and businesses in rural Illinois. The grant was awarded by Connect Illinois with the assistance of Greene County Economic Development Group.

Kinetic adds 20 miles of fiber broadband network in Pennsylvania

More than 1,220 homes, businesses and schools in Beaver County now have access to Kinetic fiber, local officials and Kinetic representatives said.

Lumos breaks ground on fiber optic network expansion in South Carolina

Lumos ground in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, OneSpartanburg. With this expansion, thousands of homes and small businesses in Upstate S.C. will have access to Lumos' ultra-fast internet.

Fastwyre Broadband invests $65 million to upgrade fiber optic network in Eastern Nebraska

Fastwyre Broadband is making significant investments to upgrade its fiber-optic network in Eastern Nebraska, promising faster internet speeds and enhanced connectivity for underserved communities in the region.

Fiber infrastructure has no known expiration date, Fiber Broadband Association research concludes

The Fiber Broadband Association’s Technology Committee has published its “Fiber Broadband Scalability and Longevity” white paper — the latest FBA research that explains optical fiber is the only communications medium that can support both existing and future applications for many decades with no infrastructure changes.

Rehab News

Ellison Mills Contracting, a leading Southern Arizona’s heavy civil construction firm, has joined the ranks of certified Reline America installers; Vortex Technology Group LLC received WRc-Approved certification for its VeriCure Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) monitoring system.

SONATRACH and Huawei launch smart fiber sensing solution for oil and gas pipelines

Utilizing Huawei's optical fiber sensing solution and live-network service management process, the smart pipeline inspection system detects external disturbances around pipelines by capturing vibration data through accompanying optical fibers.

ALM fiber-monitoring solution detects faults in Kentucky fiber broadband network

The system acts like a radar that continuously scans fiber optic cables to pinpoint the location of issues such as attenuation, water damage and breaks.

Meridiam breaks ground on $230 million, 300-mile fiber optic network in rural Alabama

The firm will develop, build, finance, and manage a high-speed fiber-optic network that, upon completion, will enable fiber broadband to 53,000 households and businesses across more than 300 miles.

Blue Mountain Networks completes significant fiber optic infrastructure expansion in Oregon

The project involves laying hundreds of miles of new, underground fiber optic cables throughout Umatilla County. This development is expected to have a transformative impact on the area, enabling advancements in various sectors including education, healthcare, and local businesses.

Over $770 million allocated for rural infrastructure projects, including water and internet upgrades

A significant portion of the funding, $644.2 million, is dedicated to bolstering rural utilities, enabling 158 projects to provide clean drinking water and wastewater systems for over 900,000 individuals.

Bluebird Network completes 3,500 ft. underground fiber optic crossing beneath Mississippi River

The pivotal 3,500-ft underground fiber optic river crossing enhances route diversity and redundancy for Midwest enterprises while respecting historical preservation.

NOVOS FiBER invests $20 million to bring fiber broadband to MicKinney, Texas

This announcement comes shortly after NOVOS FiBER's successful debut in Arlington, Texas, where the company is investing a further $25 million and already has live customers on its fiber network.

Lumos secures $2 million fiber optic project in Spartanburg County, S.C.

The funding will enable the company to build approximately $2 million worth of fiber optic technology to reach unserved and underserved households in the Spartanburg community.

HyperFiber launches fiber-optic internet in Hot Springs, Arkansas

HyperFiber, an independent, high-speed 100% fiber internet provider, has announced that the company will be delivering gigabit speeds in Hot Springs, allowing more than 19,000 homes in Hot Springs and Garland County.

altafiber to bring fiber network to 27,000 addresses in Ohio

altafiber has invested more than $1.5 billion into its fiber network to date, reaching approximately 760,000 addresses. altafiber also plans to expand its multi-gigabit fiber network to approximately 400,000 homes outside of its incumbent territories, including new markets in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Kinetic's $21 million fiber project to lay 360 miles in Lee County, Ga.

State and local officials joined with fiber-broadband provider Kinetic to break ground on a $21 million, state-of-the-art fiber network that will provide ultrafast internet to more than 4,000 rural customer locations in Lee County, Georgia.

Five Star Electric to replace 150,000 feet of fiber optic cable in $67 million contract from New York Transportation Authority

The project scope of work includes the replacement of approximately 150,000 feet of fiber optic cable; interconnecting and integrating more than 360 branch sites into MTA’s network; connecting, testing and integrating existing service delivery switches at more than 150 branch sites; and integrating existing closed circuit television cameras at 125 stations to existing video management and physical security information management systems.

White House renews calls on Congress to extend internet subsidy program

The White House is pressing Congress to extend a subsidy program that helps one in six U.S. families afford internet and represents a key element of President Joe Biden's promise to deliver reliable broadband service to every American household.

Alaska Communications to invest $40 million to expand fiber broadband network in 2024

In the last two years, Alaska Communications deployed fiber to the home to about 10,000 homes in Fairbanks and Anchorage, along with a fiber build to a multi-dwelling unit in downtown Juneau.

Nortech Systems boosts fiber optic capabilities with Expanded Beam Xtreme technology

Nortech Systems Inc. has announced the expansion of its innovative fiber optic technologies with the addition of Expanded Beam Xtreme (EBX).

GoNetSpeed begins construction of fiber optic infrastructure in Ludlow, Mass.

As construction continues, it will expand throughout the Ludlow in the coming months. GoNetspeed expects the first customers to be eligible for service installation by early 2024.

Fiber Broadband Association survey: Labor contributed 73% of underground build costs in 2023

The study explored many factors that influence cost but often make it challenging to compare costs across deployments. This includes cost components like labor, materials, build scenarios, and the choice of construction method.